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  • India successfully test-fires Agni I ballistic missile in operational mode

    India successfully test-fired its locally developed nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Agni I short-range ballistic missile in its operational configuration to a range of around 900 km off the country’s east coast on 6 February. Officials told Jane’s that the tri-service Strategic

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics unveils speciality 40 mm ammunition

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and speciality vehicles arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering), is expanding its portfolio of 40 mm ammunition with the counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) and the door-breaching grenades. According to company specifications, the C-UAS grenade

  • Thales UK finalises LMM firing qualification programme

    Thales UK in Belfast has completed surface-to-air and surface-to-surface qualification firings of the Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) weapon system for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). LMM is a lightweight, laser-beam-guided precision strike missile designed to be fired from a variety of

  • Russian military adopts Kalashnikov and Degtyarev assault rifles

    The Russian Armed Forces have adopted the 5.45 mm AK-12 (GRAU index code 6P70 ) and 7.62 mm AK-15 (6P71) assault rifles from the Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, and the 5.45 mm A-545 (6P67) and 7.62 mm A-762 (6P68) assault rifles from the Degtyarev Plant, a

  • Armenian Kornet-E anti-tank missile system makes public debut

    Armenia showed its 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile system during a military parade in Gyumri on 29 January, marking the 26th anniversary of the creation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia. An undisclosed number of Kornet-Es were acquired for the Armenian Army under the

  • Latvia orders infantry small arms

    Latvia is to be supplied with a full range of small arms over the next seven years, German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) announced on 2 February. The Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) signed a EUR13 million (USD16 million) contract for the purchase of G36 5.56 mm assault rifles

  • Airbus Helicopters conducts laser-guided rocket trials of HForce GWS

    Airbus Helicopters announced on 31 January the first rocket firing from an H145M fitted with the company’s new HForce generic weapon system (GWS). The test, which took place in Sweden in early December 2017, saw the company demonstrate the ability of its HForce-equipped H145M helicopter to

  • Longer-range BrahMos variant likely to be tested by end of 2018

    India is preparing to test an 800 km range BrahMos variant by the end of 2018, according to a 20 January report by the local Hindustan Times newspaper. India has already tested a 450 km range (extended from 290 km) BrahMos variant in March 2017 at the Defence Research and Development Organisation

  • Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review calls for low-yield SLBMs, new nuclear cruise missiles

    The Pentagon plans to pursue a nuclear modernisation similar to its pervious plan, but with ‘supplements’ such as low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and a new nuclear sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM), according to the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture

  • Lockheed Martin tests re-configured MHTK interceptor

    Lockheed Martin, supported by the US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Centre (AMRDEC), has completed a controlled test flight of its improved-design Miniature-Hit-To-Kill (MHTK) interceptor to verify the performance of the missile’s enhanced airframe with

  • 40 Mk 4 gun selected for Finland’s Hamina MLU

    BAE Systems Weapon Systems – Sweden is to supply Bofors 40 Mk 4 naval guns to equip the Finnish Navy’s Hamina-class fast attack craft (FAC) as part of the Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (MLU) programme. The company revealed on 30 January that it had been contracted by Squadron 2000 MLU

  • Aegis Ashore-launched SM-3 Block IIA fails to intercept target in BMD test

    A Raytheon Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA interceptor failed to hit its target during a ballistic missile defence (BMD) test off the coast of Hawaii on 31 January, the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) said. The BMD systems and tests for the Aegis Ashore systems’ SM-3 interceptors are

  • Indonesia acquires 57 mm naval gun for KCR-60M vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is awaiting delivery of a 57 mm gun for its lead KCR-60M vessel Service is also considering acquisition of Russian-made A-220M cannons for further boats in the class Indonesia has acquired a new Bofors 57 Mk 3 naval gun system from BAE Systems for its first KCR-60M

  • US Army’s Modular Handgun System struggled with shooting ball ammunition

    The US Army’s new 9 mm Modular Handgun System (MHS) suffered several issues during testing with ball ammunition, but passed its tests with jacketed hollow point expanding rounds. During the MHS' product verification test (PVT), the Pentagon's testing office found the pistols suffered a

  • Morocco reportedly acquires Sky Dragon 50 SAM

    Morocco took delivery of an unspecified number of Norinco Sky Dragon 50 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems in December 2017, the Hespress.com website reported on 28 January without citing any sources. The Norinco Sky Dragon 50 consists of up to six mobile launchers, a fire

  • US Army eyes new 6.5 mm carbine with cased telescoped ammo

    The US Army will evaluate a 6.5 mm Cased Telescoped Carbine System during its upcoming Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE). US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley has said he wants (a roughly) “10x capability improvements” in a range of areas, including infantry weapons.

  • Lockheed Martin to develop HELIOS laser weapon for DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    Key Points HELIOS will leverage proven mature technology to field a 60-150 kW class high-energy laser weapon system The project plans to deliver two test units in FY 2020: one for a DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer and one at a land-based test site The US Navy (USN) has selected Lockheed

  • Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • Raytheon to upgrade Royal Canadian Navy’s close-in weapon systems

    Raytheon Canada will upgrade and support 21 of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) close-in weapon systems (CIWS), Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced on 26 January. The RCN currently operates the Raytheon Phalanx Block 1B aboard its Halifax-class frigates. The 20 mm

  • F-35A gun struggles with accuracy

    Key Points The gun on the F-35A has a long and to-the-right aiming bias This issue is a hurdle to the programme moving from development to initial operational testing The gun on the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) conventional variant consistently has a long and

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